SCOT M. SILVERSTEIN M.D.
Lansdale, PA 19446
HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS PROFESSIONAL, ENTERPRISE CLINICAL IT STRATEGIST
AND PROJECT LEAD. Pioneering Chief Medical Informatics Officer at 1,000+ bed hospital
system now well known for health IT excellence. Leading edge strategic insights. My
investigations over the past ten years on avoiding risks of improperly designed and implemented
health IT have been validated in a Dec. 2008 Joint Commission report “Sentinel Event Alert on
Healthcare IT” as well as a Jan. 2009 National Research Council Report “Current Approaches
to Healthcare IT Insufficient.” See my HIT website below.
Operationally, I’ve managed staffs of 50+ and budgets of $13 million. I am experienced in
consulting with IT, clinical, R&D, and executive leadership, and advocating use of technology and
workflow redesign in both the hospital and pharmaceutical sectors in domestic and international
settings. I possess demonstrated abilities in translating technical terminology for non-technical
audiences, clinical workflow redesign, developing educational programs, exceptional
communication, organization, critical thinking and analytical abilities.
DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA 2004 - present
Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI), College of Information Science and
Technology, Philadelphia, PA (Adjunct 2004; Assistant Professor and IHI Director, 2005-2007;
Adjunct Sept. 2007-).
• Established new Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate Program via development
of online and classroom-based courses in clinical information technology, sociotechnical
(organizational and culture change) issues, best implementation practices, healthcare IT
policy, and related areas. Teaching healthcare professionals as well as Doctoral and
Masters' candidates in Information Systems (MSIS), Software Engineering (MSSE) and
Library Information Science (MSLIS). See http://www.drexel.com/online-
• Advisor, Drexel University College of Medicine EMR initiative.
• Maintain internationally-known website on healthcare IT difficulties and causative factors
since 1998, now at http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/faculty/ssilverstein/medinfo.htm .
• Elected member at large, Clinical Information Systems Working Group, American
Medical Informatics Association (AMIA, 2006-7 and again, 2007-8). Invited reviewer for
• NIH Study Section invited participant: National Institutes of Health ZRG1 HOP-B Special
Emphasis Panel on Health of the Population, Center for Scientific Review. Review and
score NIH grant applications related to public health.
MERCK & CO., INC., West Point, PA and Rahway, NJ 2000 – 2003
Director of Scientific Information Resources & The Merck Index, Research Information
Systems Division, Merck Research Labs
Led multi-site information group supporting pharmaceutical R&D. Annual budget of $13 million
and staff of 50+ information science specialists, information retrieval experts, IT support, and
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scientific authors. $100K grant of authority. Substantially enhanced provision of scientific
information to 6,000 drug discovery scientists globally. Hiring manager for department.
• Identified and substantially remedied a $4 million annual gap in Merck’s portfolio of
informatics tools and resources critical to new drug discovery and development including
CAS SciFinder, Beilstein CrossFire, STN, Dialog, Current Contents, Embase, Biosis,
International Pharma Abstracts, and several thousand eJournals.
• Oversaw implementation of state-of-the-art electronic literature portal and global alerting
system (AlertLink) that integrated above resources and pushed content to research
teams in a targeted manner. Increased scientific literature dissemination tenfold over
decade-long norms, to over one million articles per year, filling longstanding needs for
timely alerting to the latest scientific developments.
• Managed on-time, successful authoring and release of The Merck Index of Chemicals,
Drugs, and Biologicals, 13th edition. Authoritative, world-renowned encyclopedia of
Medicinal Chemistry, dating to 1889, sold 150,000 copies worldwide.
• Realized $500K savings through negotiation of global contracts for costly, previously
rationed cheminformatics and biomedical informatics applications essential for drug
discovery. Tripled user base of these tools, critical to productivity of modern research
• Conceived and directed development and implementation of web-based training in
selective biomedical information retrieval. Successfully trained over 2,000 scientists
Separated due to mass downsizing of 4,400 in November 2003 due to new-drug difficulties.
COMDISCO, INC., Rosemont, IL 1999 – 2000
Director of Clinical Information Technology, Eastern U.S.
Led Healthcare IT (HIT) business development activities in Fortune 500 IT Services company.
• Informatics leader of new business development team for hospital electronic medical
records (EMR) infrastructure including enterprise storage devices and disaster recovery
• Supported ongoing sales activities by traveling to customer sites and providing education
on process changes essential for successful adoption of HIT in clinical settings.
Separated in January 2000 due to dot-com and other investment related difficulties and cessation
of HIT business.
CHRISTIANA CARE HEALTH SYSTEM, Wilmington, DE 1996 – 1998
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Provided clinical oversight of electronic medical records (EMR) and specialized clinical systems
implementations in 1,000+ bed multi-hospital health system. Contributed substantially to highest
rating from the national hospital accreditation agency JCAHO and to Christiana Care’s reputation
for clinical IT excellence.
• Clinical manager of highly successful $5M Electronic Medical Record and clinical data
repository implementations. Managed staff of twenty and implementation and training
budgets in matrixed environment. Utilized products from Medicalogic/GE, Cerner, and
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HBOC/McKesson. Substantial improvements attained in health outcomes, preventive
care delivery and medical error prevention.
• Remediated a contentious, failed $500K Invasive Cardiology information system project
in regional facility performing over 6,000 cardiac procedures per year (providing ~ 25% of
organization’s revenue) through intensive workflow and data remodeling, personnel
changes, and application of state-of-the-art medical informatics science. Success
enabled $1M annual cost reduction while enhancing quality improvement (QI), outcomes
assessment, and accreditation via participation in major national registries including the
American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS).
• Chaired multidisciplinary committee of clinical, legal, operations, and IT personnel that
developed Electronic Information Security Policy in compliance with HIPAA Act of 1996.
• As a consultant to the Delaware Health Care Commission, authored key foundational
plan for development of the Delaware Health information Network (DHIN) for
improvement of state healthcare resource allocation and reduction of administrative
YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, CT 1992 – 1996
Faculty, Yale Center for Medical Informatics, School of Medicine (1994-1996)
• Informatics leader in a pioneering international collaboration in clinical genetics in the
Middle East. Designed and developed a field electronic data capture (EDC) tool, registry
and analytical application for capture and integration of clinical, genetic and genealogical
information in Saudi Arabia genetics clinics. Improved understanding of intermarriage-
related birth defects common in the Middle East.
• An advanced user interaction design was extremely well received, including a unique
information capture system of my invention (Virtual Pedigree Template) for real-time
collection of complex familial relationships typical in tribal cultures, essential in genetics.
• At Yale-New Haven Hospital supported electronic medical records (EMR) and
computerized physician order entry (CPOE) implementation and customization, and
clinical decision support initiatives in acute-care and ICU settings.
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Center for Medical Informatics (1992-1994)
Conducted research in innovative use of IT in clinical medicine, molecular biology and other
areas of biomedicine. Participated in research projects including:
• Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). Acquired experience in development of
biomedical ontologies and in data modeling as part of UMLS-related research.
• Yale IAIMS (Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems) Project. Assisted
in National Library of Medicine project to develop an integrated approach to clinical
information systems within Yale New Haven Medical Center.
• Clinical Computing Within Yale New Haven Medical Center. Participated in
implementation of a hospital-wide computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system.
• Biomedical Information Retrieval. Developed an information sources mapping tool (ISM)
to provide active assistance in determining which of many information resources on the
network are relevant to specific research questions. Also assisted in building a "network
menu" that helped the user connect easily to network-based information resources
located anywhere in the world, targeted to specific scientific needs.
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• Internet-Based Support of Research Collaboration in the Human Genome Project.
Supported gene-mapping collaborations involving laboratories at Yale and at several
• Clinical Applications of Mobile Computing Technologies. Helped develop PDA-based
applications to provide real-time decision support and workflow support for clinicians in
Internal Medicine: Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Abington Memorial
Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
COMBINED SEVEN YEAR PREMEDICAL/MEDICAL PROGRAM
Boston University and Boston Univ. School of Medicine
• M.D. degree
• B.A. in Biomedical Sciences with minor in Computer Science
• Advanced courses in scientific computer programming.
• Formal medical school clerkship in Biomedical Engineering, Boston Medical Center.
MISCELLANEOUS - Practical skills in applied technology
• Electronics and telecommunications expertise. FCC licensee by government
examination, 1984, amateur Extra class (highest license class achievable). Licensed as
KU3E. Facilitates conversing with medical and technical professionals with equal ease.